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Having a tooth knocked out of the socket by a hard blow to the face or other oral trauma can be a very serious problem. Providing quality first aid while seeking professional treatment can help manage the pain and improve treatment and restoration options.

To aid in this endeavor, Dr. Cory Williams offers the following first-aid tips.

If you have debris or lingering blood in your mouth, you can rinse them away and soothe the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. Don’t use rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash as the alcohol or astringent chemicals can irritate traumatized gum tissues.

There is a slight chance that your dentist might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to even be possible, the tooth needs to have been knocked out of the socket cleanly and it still needs to be alive.

The simplest option to keep the tooth alive is to hold it between your cheek and gums. There is also a tooth-preservation product sold in stores. To use it, you simply place the tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel inside will keep it alive for a short time while you seek treatment at our Wilmington, North Carolina, clinic.

If any part of the tooth’s root remains in the socket, it will not be viable for implantation and the tooth will inevitably be lost. In a situation like this, your dentist will usually have to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. Later, he can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you’ve just had a tooth knocked out, and you live in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area you should call 910-763-1072 to seek professional treatment at Cory Williams, DDS.